Thematic Essay: Amendments To Constitution

895 words - 4 pages

The United States Constitution which was completed on September 17, 1787 with its adoption by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was later ratified by special conventions in each state is the supreme law of the United States of America. It created a federal government to operate that union, and also a federal union of sovereign states. It replaced the less defined union that had existed under the Articles of Confederation. The United States Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789 and has served as a model for the constitutions of numerous other nations. The Constitution of the United States of America is the oldest federal constitution in current use.Our forefathers who wrote the constitution saw the need for a process to amend the constitution if necessary and wrote this into the constitution itself which is Article Five of the constitution. It establishes two methods of proposing amendments, by either Congress or by a national convention requested by the states. Under the first method, Congress can propose an amendment by a two-thirds vote of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. Under the second method, Congress must call a national convention for the purpose of considering amendments when two-thirds of the state legislatures "apply" to Congress for such a convention. Only the first method which is a proposal by Congress has been used. Once proposed whether submitted by a national convention or by Congress amendments must then be ratified by three-fourths of the states to take effect. Article Five gives Congress the option of requiring ratification by state legislatures or by special conventions assembled in the states. Article Five has only one limitation on the amending power which is that no amendment can deprive a state of its equal representation in the Senate without that state's consent.An example of an amendment that was put into place is the fifteenth amendment which granted voting rights regardless of race. This was ratified on February 3, 1870. The amendment specifically stated that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." It also stated "That the Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." The amendment was put into place post civil war as part of a series of post war reconstruction amendments. After the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, southern blacks voted in numbers that on a per number basis would of most likely surpassed black political participation today. On both a per number and absolute basis, more blacks were elected to political...

Find Another Essay On Thematic Essay: Amendments to Constitution

Analysis of Guy Vanderhaeghe's Short Story, "The Watcher" In relation to Margaret Atwood's essay "Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature."

1245 words - 5 pages the unifying symbol for Canadian Lifestyle, and consequently literature, is "Survival". As a result of the Canada's geographical shape, its vast landmass and bitter climate, as well as the nation's origins as subordinate to imperial rule, Survival becomes the common thread which bonds the lives thought and experiences of all Canadians. It is more real to us than the frontier or the island. In her essay, " Survival : A Thematic Guide to Canadian

The Importance of the First Amendment: Which of the Amendments to the Constitution is Most Important and Why?

897 words - 4 pages In 1791, after the final completion of the warfare fought for our nation's independence, our forefathers drafted and ratified the Constitution for the United States of America, which contained the single most important document for any American citizen - the Bill of Rights. This precious document outlined the basic rights sought after by all the nation's citizens, ranging from the freedom of exercising one's inborn rights to the constitutional

An essay on the Second Amendment to the Constitution, detailing interpretations of the amendment and a personal (pro) stance on the right to bear firearms.

1322 words - 5 pages Gun Control* The AmendmentThe Second Amendment to the Constitution in the Bill of Rights states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."The first part, pertaining to militias, is widely accepted by Americans of all political persuasion. It preserves the right of each individual state to form its own "militia," the National Guard. Few

Why the set of freedom rights included int the Bill of Rights are the most important rights.

666 words - 3 pages Essay on the Constitution"The basis of a democratic state is liberty." It is because I agree with Aristotle when he states this that the amendments that deal with freedom of the people are the most important amendments. This is the reason that if only three amendments remain, they should all be based on freedoms. The strongest of these amendments on freedom include the first amendment, the fourth amendment, and the thirteenth amendment. The

The U.S. Constitution: Checks & Balances

1381 words - 6 pages displeased. The author’s review of the Constitution revealed few Judicial branch internal checks. However, a simple majority is necessary in the Supreme Court – this forms an internal check of the Judicial branch. Thus, all branches of government have internal checks on their respective powers – through the Constitution and subsequent amendments. This essay presented certain ways the Constitution creates a separation of powers and a scheme

United States Constitution Persuasive Essay

655 words - 3 pages United States Constitution Persuasive Essay On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from the thirteen colonies elegantly signed their names on the United States Constitution. Even as the signers read and marveled over their written documentation of our new government, they realized problems could still emerge in the Constitution that would need to be addressed. To solve this dilemma, the delegates came up with a way that the Constitution

Constituional Procedure Analytical Review

1121 words - 4 pages he believes that we don't acknowledge the original meaning of the Constitution and that it is an always transforming piece of work. [1: Antonin Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law: an Essay (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997), at vii.]It all started in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, giving us American independence, which then lead to The Articles of Confederation. But the

The Constitution

752 words - 4 pages event because they felt it was headed in a direction that they could not support. These men had different reasons for their objections, some of which are discussed in this paper, but most importantly, they felt that the Constitution would threaten Liberty rather than secure it. The ratification of the Constitution was an essential first step to secure and stabilize this new national, but the voices and views of the Anti-Federalist were also very important. The first amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, were due in much part to satisfy those voices and established many of the rights that we still hold dear today.

Texas Legislator or Procrastinator?

1005 words - 5 pages convention behind them, Legislatures in 1979 made an attempt to pass six amendments that carried on ideas from the 1974 convention (“Modern”). The attempt worked and the 66th legislature agreed to pass three of the six amendments, which were adopted by Texas voters and added to the state’s constitution. (“Modern”). Although possible, attempts to modify the rigid 1876 constitution has proven quite tedious. Legislative action is required to make

Reasons the Articles of Confederation led to the ratification of the Constitution: Why did the Articles fail? Did the constitution solve the problems?

942 words - 4 pages debates but ultimately, with some agreements of amendments, the Constitution was accepted as the new law.Some of the major differences of the Constitution that strengthened the old Articles were: the Congress was divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate; each state had two Senators, and the amount of Representatives was chosen according to the state's population; the terms for legislative office terms were lengthened

31st Amendment to the Constitution

2540 words - 11 pages In this essay I hope to analyse the 31st amendment to the Constitution by firstly, evaluating it's purpose and secondly, comparing it to previous case law and predicting it's legal impact. It is firstly helpful to note that the article being amended is relating to the welfare of children . It is arguable that the, Consitution has prevoiusly failed in it's protection for children and so this amendment is aiming to tackle this failure and offer

Similar Essays

Fourth, Fifth, And Sixth Amendments To The Constitution

1212 words - 5 pages CJL 4064 Amendment Project As requested by the committee chair, I have examined the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments of our Constitution. It is imperative for the participants of the Constitutional Convention to update, and furthermore, enhance the Bill of Rights. The amendments were created with a valuable perspective on individual rights in the 1700's. Today, in 2010, our country has developed in the use of language, our principles, and

Court Cases Challenging The First Ten Amendments To The Constitution

2286 words - 9 pages . This manner of “testing” of The Bill of Rights and of other amendments to the constitution is extremely important to ensure that the law is interpreted correctly and can be upheld in a consistent manner. Many of the cases that the Supreme Court tries are influenced by previous decisions made by those same Justices, or by Supreme Court Justices that came before them. By stringing cases together and associating rulings with one another, the law

A Critical Analysis Of The Thirty First Amendments To The Constitution

2040 words - 9 pages A Critical Analysis of the Thirty First Amendments to the Constitution Introduction In November 2012, a proposal to insert a new article into the Constitution was put before the people of Ireland. The new amendment is specific to children’s rights and proposes to extend and strengthen current provisions in the Constitution concerning these rights. The foundation for the Children’s Rights Referendum is from a number of different sources. In

The First And Second Amendments To The Constitution: A Brief Examination Of The Two

916 words - 4 pages The Bill of Rights is the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution. They were added by the Founding Fathers to assert inalienable rights that would exist despite the power of the federal government. Careful consideration was made in creating these laws, as they were meant to stand the test of time. The wording, even the punctuation, has helped interpret various meanings in effort to encompass the ever-changing aspects of what is